JR after second shot at fame
The star is back with a boring new lease on life, writes
APOSITIVE attitude, vegan diet and replacement liver. These are the keys to Larry Hagman’s longevity says the 81-year-old Dallas star who is back on set filming more episodes of the popular show.
‘‘I’m here and I look really good,’’ Hagman tells reporters in London, flashing an easy Texan smile from beneath his trademark broad-brimmed hat.
After finding global fame playing hard man and skirt chaser J.R. Ewing in the original prime time soap opera which first aired in the US in 1978, Hagman has stamped his authority on a revitalised version of Dallas.
Before the first season of the new series hits screens in Australia, preparations were in place for another 15-episode instalment.
Writer and producer of the new Dallas, Cynthia Cidre, is locked in for ‘‘at least’’ seven seasons.
Will the aged Hagman, who was keen to dash away from his media interview to use the toilet, be up to the task?
It’s all about attitude, he says, clapping his hands in a matter-of-fact way.
‘‘It’s so easy, but how many people do it? Attitude. Positive attitude.’’ And what about the vegan diet, adopted by Hagman at the suggestion of Dallas co-star Linda Gray?
‘‘It’s amazing, it’s changed my life. Really boring eating. Really boring. But it’s good for you and you live longer and are more frugal and your faeces doesn’t smell any more,’’ he says of his meat and dairy-free meals. ‘‘And 17 years ago I had a liver transplant. That helped a lot right there. Because I’ve got a 42-year-old liver in an 80-year-old body.’’
It seems a recurrence of the 1980s Dallas cliffhanger story line ‘‘Who Shot JR?’’ may be the only way to keep this character down.
Are there plans in the new script for J.R. to cop a bullet?
‘‘Who the hell knows,’’ he says. ‘‘If they make money out of it, yeah, they’ll shoot me again.’’
Dallas airs in Australia on Channel 9, regional affiliate NBN and Nine’s multichannel Go!.
is available to buy on DVD from November 21.
stars Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Patrick Duffy and Brenda Strong.